The Ladd Observatory at Brown University. Open to the public on Tue. evenings. Visit the website or call (401) 863-2323 for info.
By: LaddObservatory , 10:06 PM GMT on December 28, 2011
Click on the image for a larger view. From the Ladd Observatory records at the Brown University Library.
Regular meteorological observations were made at Brown University by Alexis Caswell (1799-1877) who was Professor of mathematics, astronomy and natural philosophy. Caswell began recording these observations in 1831 and his "Meteorological Register; Providence, R.I." was published in Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge. Caswell kept these records until 1876; after that date the records were kept by the City Engineer.
Weather observations for Providence, RI continued at Ladd Observatory soon after the building was constructed in 1890. An instrument shelter (seen in the above photograph from the late 1890s) was installed on the deck of the building next to the dome. These weather records were kept by Winslow Upton (1853-1914) who was Professor of astronomy and the first Director of the Observatory.
A modern automatic weather station is operated on the roof of Ladd Observatory today, just a short distance from the location of the original instrument shelter.
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